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Wildlife For The Future

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Islands have been ideal places for unique species to evolve. They are also places of concentrated extinction, because these species are limited to the island or a particular part of the island and have low population numbers. Natural factors such as disease, fire, storms and normal population fluctuations contribute to the extinction of species. However, wildlife extinction is compounded by human involvement, with deforestation caused by rapid development being a key contributor. Deforestation is also the second leading cause of global warming that is linked to extreme weather fluctuations and flooding, of which there have been an increase in Langkawi. The Wildlife For The Future programme aims to protect and restore the natural heritage of the island using a holistic approach and responsible management.

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Gaia is a social enterprise dedicated to wildlife conservation in Malaysia. Their current focus is the conservation of hornbills, many species of which are increasingly under threat. 

In addition to our work with Gaia on hornbill habitat creation, we are also assisting them with funding on specific projects. These involve the production of education and fundraising material for community outreach programmes to schools as well as the maintenance and care of a fig tree nursery in Kinabatangan, Borneo, to grow hornbill preferred food plants.

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Objectives & Achievements

The programme aims to protect, restore and regenerate the island’s natural heritage using a holistic approach of reforestation, the protection of wildlife and their habitats, and community engagement.

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Reforestation

At our Tree Nursery we nurture seedlings for replanting around strategic areas of the island’s rainforests. We’re working with the Forestry Department of Malaysia to plant over 1,000 trees in Langkawi. We reforest certain trees on either side of the roadsides where, once mature, the canopies of these trees create a wildlife corridor, connecting fragmented pockets of land. These corridors enable the safe passage of arboreal animals over roads, so that they can forage for food and propagate over a wider area.

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Habitat Restoration

This initiative is focussed largely on hornbills. Known as ‘Nature’s Gardeners’, hornbills help spread the seeds of fruits over wide distances, and as such play a vital role in the well-being of ecosystems. Many species of hornbills are increasingly under threat due to poaching activities as well as deforestation, which has resulted in the reduction of trees with natural cavities in which hornbills nest. Our programme, in partnership with Gaia, aims to identify and create natural cavities in trees, as well as place Artificial Nesting Boxes in trees. To date, one Artificial Nesting Box has already been installed and continues to be monitored for the arrival of hornbill ‘box babies’.

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Wildlife Protection

This initiative comprises a number of endeavours:

- The placement of road signs in strategic areas to avoid being killed by motorists (two have already been placed at Jalan Teluk Datai.
- The installation of camera traps around the rainforest to study animal behaviour in order to develop relevant conservation programmes (about 50 camera traps will be setup around the island).
- Making Datai Bay a turtle-friendly beach by reducing the artificial lighting on the beach at night and introducing plants which turtles favour (sea lettuce were planted on World Turtle Day and we will continue to plant more of these plants that turtles favour as protective location to dig their nest underneath).

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Adoption Programmes

We have two adoption programmes designed to raise funds for The Datai Pledge centred around reforestation and wildlife habitat restoration: 

- Adopt A Hornbill Nesting Box – With the expertise of hornbill conservationist and social enterprise Gaia, habitat restoration can be achieved through the building of artificial nesting boxes to boost the population of Great Hornbills.

- Adopt A Tree – Collected seedlings and donated saplings (by the Ministry of Forestry) nurtured into trees at the Native Tree Nursery can be adopted and replanted as part of the ongoing reforestation programme.

Initiatives

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Adoption Programmes

Choose between our four programmes where all funds go directly towards the sustainability and conservation work of The Datai Pledge, with all proceeds shared equally amongst the four NGO and social enterprise…

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Reforesting Langkawi

To combat the effects of deforestation, a Native Tree Nursery has been established. The focus of the initiative is on growing specifically food and nectar plants suited for birds, butterflies and mammals, as well as…

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The Four Pillars

Our programme is divided into four pillars,
each supporting the work of a designated NGO and social enterprise partner.

Water Drop on Leaf

To make our business operations sustainable and regenerate the environment and community.

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Dolphin jumping

To conserve coral reefs and marine life, and promote sustainable fishing.

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To conserve Langkawi’s wildlife and regenerate the rainforests.

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To nurture youth’s appreciation of nature through environmental education.

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